Recreationists not only need to be careful with fire, they need to beware of existing wildfires and their possible effects on summer outings.
Wildfires are likely to ignite and be extinguished throughout summer, and some may burn until fall.
Even at higher elevations, The forest has now dried out enough to carry fire, said Gary Brown, fire management staff officer for the Payette National Forest.
You can get updates on fires throughout the state at inciweb.org/state/13/10. This website is constantly updated and shows the status, location and size of the fires.
Click on each individual fire for details about it so you can see if its likely to interfere with your weekend or vacation plans.
There are currently no fire restrictions for campers and other recreationists, but restrictions are likely if hot weather continues.
In the meantime, campers should be extra cautious. Keep campfires small and have a shovel and bucket of water handy. Avoid having campfires when its windy, or during the hottest parts of the day.
Make sure all fires are completely extinguished before leaving a campsite, even if youre only leaving camp for a little while.
The safest place for campfires is in fire pits at developed campgrounds. Avoid building campfires in undeveloped areas, especially where theres a lot of vegetation nearby.
Remember: Wildfires are not the only thing that can affect your trip. Smoke can travel a long distances and settle into prime camping areas at low elevations, such as meadows, canyons and river bottoms.
If you see a wildfire, report it by calling 911.